How spoiled we are (and like it)
After viewing this forum the last couple of weeks I eventually decided to join!
About 24 years ago I started with an Amiga 500 (Protracker) and an 8-bit sampling cartridge.
After a while I decided to purchase some “real” synth/sampling stuff which eventually lead to the well known gear acquisition syndrome. I’ve had lots of different synths, samplers and sequencers, Moog Prodigy, Juno series (106, Alpha 1), MS10, MPC60, MPC2000XL, Z4, Waldorf Pulse+, Wave to just name a few. Because of my work that days and the fact that i’m more a knob fiddler than a musician I sold everything (also hated the wiring of the stuff!) Seeing the recent prices for some analog gear, I sold it way tooo early.
But then there were some apps for the iPad, downloaded some a few years ago but still...it did not gave me the pleasure of fiddling/jamming with my old hardware.
About four weeks ago I discovered the (for me) quite recent development of AudioUnits and the availability of some truly great apps. I bought a Nanokontrol studio which allows me to fiddle all night long! We are spoiled, we can have different synth and drumcomputer emulations for a fraction of the price and most of them run pretty nice in the different DAW’s. No need for rewiring, just plug in and play and even save presets. I truly appreciate the power I have in my hands right now. A full size (hobby/fun) studio that fits in a bag or on your lap, think about that!